Newark, New Jersey
Gianluca Bianchino is an Italian-born sculptor who studied in New Jersey and stayed, keeping his studio in the Garden State. He is part of a burgeoning, energetic group of artists living and showing in Newark and Jersey City, places not far from New York but offering far cheaper rents. Curated by Jeanne Brasile, Bianchino’s recent project at Index was site specific; he worked with colleagues for a week to set up the lights, paper, tripods, wires, and lenses that characterized the installation. The work had a rough-and-ready integrity, with the materials throwing shadows against the walls and on the floor. Indeed, part of the installation’s remarkable complexity came from such optical aspects—first, from the lenses, or “portals” as Bianchino calls them, which offered glimpses into a dotted world that could be either macroscopic or microscopic (or both); and second, from the interplay between actual materials and their shadows cast by the overhead lights and lamps. …see the entire review in the print version of April’s Sculpture magazine.